Image Gold as Power, East Berlin by Markus Bachmann
Ari Gold’s first feature film “Adventures of Power,” an epic comedy about the American dream and air-drumming, won best-of-festival prizes at 8 film festivals, and is currently in limited release in the U.S.. Ari was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Faces to Watch” after having an unprecedented three short films in a row at Sundance. He won a Student Academy Award for “Helicopter,” an autobiographical retelling of the aftermath of his mother’s death, which was called “the best short film of the year” by Film Threat, and won top prizes at short-film festivals in the US, France, Germany and Brazil. His previous short film “Culture” which he directed and starred in, was written up in the New York Times after its Sundance premiere, and became the inspiration for a filmmaking collective in the former Yugoslavia, which he later joined.
As an actor, Ari won “Stoner of the Year” from High Times Magazine for his performance in the Sony Classics release “Groove.” He was raised in San Francisco, and has lived at various times in New York, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Montana, Germany and Serbia. Ari sings in the bands The Honey Brothers (with Adrian Grenier) and Gold Brothers (with his twin brother Ethan) and plays ukulele, piano and sometimes drums.